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Christopher J. Geer

Christopher J. Geer

I have 34 years of experience and an additional six years as a Domestic Relations and Juvenile Court Judge in Columbus.
Isaac, Wiles, Burkholder, and Teetor, LLP
(16+ Attorneys)

Family Law and Divorce
Probate, Estate and Elder Law

Two Miranova Place
Columbus, OH 43215

41 years



Why did you become an attorney?

In March of 1969, while still in undergraduate school, I got a job in a law office. I loved the work and believed I had some talent in the law, so I pursued it.

What experiences (work and personal) help you to be a better attorney?

Family experiences have helped a great deal. I have tried thousands of cases of 35 years.

What made you choose your primary specialty focus of law?

I enjoy the family dynamic and enjoy protecting children and defending against unreasonable demands made often in family law cases.

What makes your law firm unique?

My firm, although large, is more like a smaller law firm. The people here are nice, genteel, hardworking, and smart.

Describe your ideal client.

Children's issues are of the utmost importance. Absent a compelling reason to not do so, children need the opportunity to develop a safe, loving relationship with each parent. The ideal client listens to and follows my advice. My experience allows me to envision long-term consequences, not just short term effects.

Describe your personal interest and hobbies.

I love travel, golf, and home improvement. I am an avid Ohio State fan, being an alumnus.

Family Law and Divorce
  • Annulment
  • Appeals
  • Asset Protection
  • Child Support
  • Custody
  • Dissolution/Uncontested Divorce
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Partnerships and GLBT rights
  • Family Mediation
  • Grandparents’ Rights
  • Guardianships
  • Joint Custody
  • Legal Separation
  • Name changes
  • Paternity
  • Power of Attorney
  • Prenuptial/Postnuptial
  • Restraining Orders
  • Shared Parenting Plans
  • Spousal Support
  • Stepparent Adoption
  • Support
Probate, Estate and Elder Law
  • Guardianships
  • Healthcare Power of Attorney
  • Joint Survivorship
  • Living Wills
  • Power of Attorney
  • Probate
  • Trust Disputes
  • Trusts
  • Will Contests
  • Wills

Capital University Law School
Juris Doctor (JD), 1977

Bar Association Membership

American Bar Association
Ohio Bar Association
Columbus Bar Association


- I am married with four children (two foster children) and have six grandchildren. - I was elected Judge in 2006 and became Administrative Judge in 2012. - I have served on the Columbus Development Commission and was chairman for two years. - I have successfully represented thousands of people through many difficult cases, issues, and problems both in family law and probate cases. - I have lectured extensively and co-authored several publications on family law related topics

Court Admissions

United States District Court (6th District), Ohio Supreme Court, All OH Lower Courts

Board/Committee Membership

Alvis House (2008-2012) 1st Vice Chair (2001-2012)
Criminal Justice Planning Board (2009-present) Chair (2011-present)
Community Corrections Planning Board (2009-present) Chair (2011-present)

Continuing Education

Continuing legation education sanctioned by the Supreme Court of Ohio Ohio Judicial College

Bar Admission Date


Supreme Court Number


Licensed In

Ohio (1978), #0012371

Significant Cases

In Re: Baby E - set aside a fraudulent adoption Thomas v. Thomas - Divorce case Numerous significant cases over which I presided as the Judge

Summary of Firm

I have 29 years of experience and an additional six years as a Domestic Relations and Juvenile Court Judge in Columbus.

Summary of Previous Employment

- From April, 1978, to January 1, 1980, I was an associate attorney at Matan, Rinehart & Smith - From January 1, 1980, to January 4, 2007, I was a partner in that firm. - From January 5, 2007, to December 31, 2012, I was a Common Pleas Court Judge. - From January 1, 2013, to present, I have been with Isaac, Brant, Ledman & Teetor, LLP.

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, except that if I am retained, I do include the initial consultation as part of the first bill.

Typical Retainer Fees

$2,500.00 to $10,000.00

Fixed-Price Services and Fees

Domestic Arbitration: $1,500.00 for 1/2 day$2,500.00 for full day

Fees by Hourly Rate

$300.00 per hour


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